Luxury at the beach…

On March 8, 2011, in Long Drops, by jason

Luxury at the beach

Thought we might be in for the long haul….so wanted to have a loo in keeping sand sea and sunshine…and it’s got a better view than the indoor loo!


172 Responses to Luxury at the beach…

  1. Diane from Mackay, QLD, AUSTRALIA says:

    I adore this Long Drop – better than a conventional loo. I could sit here for hours! You are all so brave and stoic and obviously still have a sense of humour regardless of this tragedy. We were in your town for a day while cruising on the Rhapsody of the Seas in January and found the people most welcoming and friendly, with a beautiful township. I have lots of lovely photo’s of Christchurch that I will never print out now.

  2. Iain says:

    Gorgeous! Real craftsmanship with a touch of homeliness.

    • Barbara says:

      The craftsmanship I’d have to attribute to husband David. He loved the opportunity to get out the hammer and nails and create a little bit of order during a very disordered time.

  3. Lexie says:

    Aesthetically a winner!!!

  4. Judy Lee says:

    ‘Luxury at the beach’ seems to be the most attractive ‘dunny’ that I have seen so far. I would be alittle concerned of your wellbeing on a cold and wet winters night, so hope and pray that you will soon find that restored amenities will make your ‘creation’ redundant and you will just leave it there as another lovely piece of garden furniature.
    It’s been one hell-of-a-way to get you Christchurch peoples to talk to your neighbours,but at last you are doing it. Hang-in down there.
    Judy,an expat Timaruvian in the North.

    • Barbara says:

      Thanks Judy Lee for your lovely comments…we are enjoying the fresh air and wonderful views so much we are going to be reluctant to see our creation redundant…and when it rains we have a big garden umbrella just off-camera…still keeping with the beachy style!

  5. Cajun Cathy says:

    Those petunias will be gorgeous for years to come!

  6. Owen says:

    Top stuff, inspiring to use and beach smells to boot. What more could you want! Best in my book. How disappointing it will be when waste water’s back on.

    • Barbara says:

      Thanks for the vote. We are into camping and usually go away for this experience so we think this ones a keeper…and always wanted a two bathroom house!

  7. Nick says:

    talk about styley! It’s got that whole indoor outdoor flow, solid design, functional, simple and pleasing to the eye.. I really wanna say ‘postmodernism’ but that just sounds wanky suffice it to say ‘you gotta nice bog!’

    rock on.

    • Barbara says:

      There’s an artist in the family and we appreciate your wanky analysis…yes I agree it resonates postmodern (lol)

  8. Doug Soper says:

    I have to vote for Luxury at the Beach! Every care taken to provide a comfortable experience, not to mention the obvious craftsmanship, and then, of course there’s the homely nick nacks and the flowers. Brilliant!

  9. narelle says:

    I admire you all for having humour after what you have been through. Good on you Christchurch, I last visited your beautiful city 4 years ago and cry every time I see the damage.

    • Barbara says:

      Thank you!! Its great to know Christchurch has lots of support from beyond the city. A little bit of humour goes a long way at the moment. Our thoughts are never too far away from those who have lost a lot more than buildings. One day we will have a fantastic city again with very safe beautiful new buildings-there’s lots of creative people out there (look what we have already…beautiful loos are just the start!)

  10. Kim says:

    This is so cool! Looks pretty comfortable too…

  11. Gerard says:

    must be the winner, exemplifies all the qualities of good old kiwi ingenuity, craftmanship and the neeccsary style and grace that sets a throne apart.

  12. Phil says:

    Well you are the garden city.

    • Barbara says:

      Yes we are still the garden city!!! I hadn’t thought of that…Gardening is good for soothing frayed nerves so even though there maybe no Ellerslie flowershow this year maybe some Christchurch gardens will be really blooming ; )

  13. Beryl says:

    It’s a winner. This looks even better than your inside loo – I know, I’ve seen it!

    • Barbara says:

      Hi Beryl…you are so right….the outside loo is showing up the rest of the house…what can I say…I am a child of nature at heart!

  14. John says:

    I love the thought and design that’s gone into Luxury-at-the-Beach. Is it a loo with a view? Perhaps the future king could try it out if he visits ChCh. Let him experience a real throne!

    • Barbara says:

      This loo has a great view…flowers, trees, poodles gambling about…a flock of starlings in the trees…it’s poetic…almost makes me forget what it actually is πŸ˜‰

  15. Love the ornamental touch on the back wall. Love ya style. Love ya humour. Yaaa to you guys !!! Spot on !!

    • Barbara says:

      Thank’s for your vote…the ornament on the back wall has a story…It used to be on the house but the violence of the shake not only tore it off the wall, it broke it…so in a cathartic moment I repaired it and hung it back up – take that earthquake!!

  16. Lorraine says:

    Very Classy. Love the name plate and the hanging windchimes which…. tinkle when you tinkle?! Love ya Christchurch

  17. Mary Palmer says:

    That is a very good one Barbara better than a lot of peoples indoor loo all the best Mary

    • Barbara says:

      Thank you Mary!…and this loo is better than my indoor loo (as a friend noted on this site!) Good to have a bit of a laugh in the middle of all of this! What a time over the last while…for you all on the coast too. Best wishes Barb

  18. Lynette says:

    Love the loo Barbara. I would be very happy to use it and just love the surrounding flowers & privacy setting. Well done and definitely a winner.
    Good luck
    Love Lynette

    • Barbara says:

      Hi Lynette…You would be more than welcome to use my loo…and you can pat a poodle or two at the same time…The dogs love a captive audience….actually we must do something about that!!! Thanks for the vote! I am overwhelmed with the interest in my humble amenities. : ) All very best Barb

  19. Mary Palmer says:

    you have really been having a awfull time over there hope things settle down pretty soon, your mother and gran are coming down tomorrow and we are going into town for lunch so am looking forward to it all the best Mary

  20. Fiona says:

    Very nice. I love the tale of how the wind chime got there! πŸ˜‰

  21. dean says:

    What? No magazines! Big marketing opportunity going begging here David! I’m imagining you sitting there reading your Country-Wide….and I’m pleased we’ve upgraded to gloss stock!

  22. Daniela from Balmedie, Scotland says:

    Hi there, this is fab…some real “out of the box” thinking…..being out in the lovely fresh air has the extra advantage of not having to run water to get rid of any nasty wiffs that you want to get rid of if you were in the confined space of an indoor toilet.

    I really like the added touch of what look like Pansies (wee pink flowers)…those will no doubt provide a nice and natural scent in the air…well done.

    Hope things are getting a bit better..the northern hemisphere sends its well wishes

    • Barbara says:

      Hi Daniela Outdoor is so nice…may never go back indoors. The flowers are petunia’s…they grow prolifically out here at the beach….I am so pleased I took the time to plant heaps before the quake…They are so cheery. Thank you Northern Hemisphere for your wishes.

  23. Amy Pratt says:

    Love it. I was in ChCh only for that day so didn’t get to see much before all he** broke loose but what I did see was beautiful. Sadly, there were no port a loos yet available when nature called and I had to pee in the Botanical Gardens πŸ™ sorry. Would have stood in line to use your loo though, its gorgeous Kia Kaha.

  24. Barbara says:

    Hi Amy…when you’ve got to go you’ve got to go…how many people can say they’ve peed in the Botanical Gardens! πŸ™‚

  25. Diana says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Awsome loo!!!
    Great to see you are making the best of an horrific experience. Your loo really is luxury at the beach under the circumstances. I still can’t get my head around what has happened to our beautiful city. Take care and keep smiling.


    • Barbara says:

      Like you I can’t get my head around the scale of things, I am letting it in in little manageable bits. I heard somewhere when the going gets tough – smile until you feel like smiling. πŸ™‚

  26. mary says:

    Beautifully crafted. Dunnerslie Flower Show an extra treat.

    People would pay to have a photo taken on such an upmarket edifice.I love the

    suburb meets sea theme.Hope all is back to normal for you soon.nyiti terms

    • Barbara says:

      HI Mary Your comment’s got me thinking…Maybe our Mayor will be interested in a Dunnerslie exhibtion in our flower show next year! Spread the word!! Thanks for the vote.

  27. frances says:

    A bower with flowers at your feet,
    A beautiful pristine white seat;
    I think that a stop at your lovely long-drop
    Would certainly be quite a treat.

    • Barbara says:

      What kind words and how creative!! πŸ˜‰ hmmm…a reply in kind:

      There is a loo by the shore
      That has a sarong for a door
      Our sewers are down
      Hence the hole in the ground
      But how nice flowers grow from the floor

      • Jamie Mackay says:

        I can see we need a new competition for best loo poetry – couple of contenders for top honours here I reckon

  28. Sydneysider says:

    We have loved looking through the website but this is definitely our favourite ! Good on you Kiwi’s for making the best of a tough situation – we are proud of you.

  29. mary says:

    Great idea,Barbara.Or all the long drops could be repositioned either side of the

    walkway leading to the entrance at the 2112 Flower show.Dunnerslie Drive springs to mind

    Crappers Close,Ablutions Avenue………..

    Anyway I still think your dunny is DROP dead gorgeous.

  30. josh says:

    hi aunty barbara NICE toilet u got there nana told me to vote for ur toilet and gave me the website… by the way NICE toilet hope to see u some time… xxx πŸ˜€

  31. Barb says:

    Hey Josh….come and see the long drop in person-its even nicer….The poodles love it because they get to hassle who ever is in the loo for pats. (we have 3 with us at the moment because of a new addition – a rescue dog called Pippin that shivers at every aftershock) Thanks for the vote ! xxx

  32. josh says:

    thats ok… i will encourage all my friends to vote aswell… 3:)

  33. josh says:

    πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  34. Jamie Mackay says:

    Looks fantastic – who needs potpourri when you’ve got live flowers!

  35. Laura says:

    Hey Barbara it’s your hairdresser here!I just love your Loo good on u guys!!!Brilliant way to lift everyones spirit!!Looks AWESUM!!xx

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